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I sat down this week with Dave Crawford and got him to do a quick brain dump of his top tips and gotcha’s that he sees regularly when reviewing Windows 8 Apps that have been submitted in the UK for the Windows 8 App store. Dave and his team review all the apps that UK developers submit for the UK app store so these top tips are definitely things you should make sure you note down before you submit your app.
Microsoft provide a set of guidelines that you should follow, please try to follow these. They are the minimum requirement for submitting your all and the automated test processes will block your app from getting into the app store. Once you’ve followed these you’ll then get to Dave’s team.
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Wide Tiles -- I have seen plenty of apps that don't do anything with wide tiles. FreshPaint, Ted, Mahjong, etc. Some may need to be started/have data to be dynamic but I am pretty sure those just don't do anything yet they default to wide.
I understand reviewers can't catch everything but guidelines seem to be inconsistent across apps.